194. Angelicus Celtis, Barberry, Dear Evan Hansen, And Ruth Wilson!


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Pictures Of Amelia After 1937 Have Just Been Released!



Do you have a small story? The New York Times looks for the big story! Let’s Talk Philadelphia looks for the small story to make it bigger.


The Best Of Let’s Talk Philadelphia!

 1. The Best Music Of The Summer!
Dear Evan Hansen Sweeps Broadway’s Musical Awards!
The Ben Platt And Laura Dreyfuss Star Combo Captivates!


You have two great musical theater choices on your visits to New York and Philadelphia this summer. Dear Evan Hansen swept Broadway’s coveted Tony Awards. Saturday Night Fever at The Walnut Theater in Philadelphia features students and staff from The University of the Arts where this column originated.


Saturday Night Fever is the 1977 John Travolta movie brought to the musical stage. It is the story of Brooklyn, friendship, dating, and using dance as an exhilarating form of expression. Tony Manero is a paint store clerk during the week, but the king of the dance floor on weekends. Dear Evan Hansen is the story of a shy teenager, a first love, a lie, and family. You can connect, first, to the Saturday Night Fever musical by watching the Travolta movie on every On Demand channel.


You can connect to Evan Hansen by previewing these two special song selections. A pair of great songs from Dear Evan Hansen are featured on You Tube and in the Today Show archives. They will give you a great feel for the story. Dear Evan Hansen stars Laura Dreyfuss (Glee) and Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) sing Only Us (what came before won’t count any more) in a 3:44 studio recording session that will light up your day. This same song is featured on the Today Show with a nice lead-in interview with Laura and Ben. The song Only Us describes the perfect mindset for dating. 

A second song from Dear Evan Hansen and, also, featured on the Today Show is Ben, Laura’s and the whole cast’s presentation of You Will Be Found. You will listen to both of these songs more than once…and then run to get tickets! Check the show’s web page. Dear Evan Hansen is going on the road in the fall! Maybe near you?



2. The Best Music Of The Summer II!
The Nessun Dorma By 8th-12th Grade Choir Makes Wales Proud!
The Girls Are Crying, The Audience Is Crying, And You Are Next!

Let’s Talk Philadelphia is always scouring the European music scene to report on groups and individuals our European readers are embracing. There are three European X Factors and two European Got Talent programs that will give you are great fortnight of listening on Vimeo, YouTube, and similar free listening and viewing sites.


Our best choice from Europe this week is the Angelicus Celtis choir from Wales. These really likeable young girls sing opera (Nessun Dorma…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2lmk6kW-T0), musical theater (Phantom Of The Opera), and rock and roll (Jerusalem) with such an infectious joy that you will be scrambling for other songs they have recorded after viewing our three recommendations and watching their progression through Britains Got Talent.


3. The Best Television Of The Week!


Ruth Wilson: The Lips That Launched A Thousand Ships!
From Mourning Mother To Psychopathic Murderer! Wowsa!

The Affair, Revenge, And Luther!
Summer Viewing At Its Mindless Best!


If you were to ask a graduate class in creative writing to record the elements of a top notch summer movie, television show, or book, these elements would appear in their top five:
a. Light…not too much thinking is needed during and after the selection
b. Multiple plots…lots of things going on, hopefully tied in in the end
c. A vacation locale…the beach, mountains, river, lake, or backyard hammock
d. Kissing with sex thrown in for the non-churchgoing…lots of kissing
e. Likeable and hate generating characters…unique, unexpected character development


Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB) calls Revenge (ABC…2011-2015) the standard for all future television shows. It has our five elements with revenge thrown in as Emily VanCamp goes after Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, and the Grayson family’s henchmen for falsely imprisoning and murdering her father. Revenge makes a great warm-up watch before our next two summer viewing suggestions.


The Affair (Showtime…Series 1-3 free on On Demand) takes place in the beach rich Hampton communities of 118 mile long Long Island. The show is ready to start season four in the fall. The median price of a home in Southampton is 8.5 million dollars, so the locals are always butting heads with the super rich.


Ruth Wilson (waitress) and Joshua Jackson (the local poor and struggling) are a happily married couple until the drowning death of their four year old son. Blame flies everywhere! Dominic West (author) and Maura Tierney are a happily married New York couple (they represent the rich) until, while vacationing in the Hamptons, Ruth saves their daughter’s life from chocking and The Affair begins. Sprinkle in two divorces, two weddings, a murder, drug smuggling, children growing up in divorce, and SPF 12 sun block, and you have 32 episodes of an often riveting binge watch. Fear not! You will be, easily, pulled into the Long Island and New York City kissing and sex fest. The heat in this series is only matched by a sweltering summer sun.


The multiple award winning Luther books (Neil Cross) and television series (BBC England 2010-2018) stars Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson. Elba (Luther) is a London detective that takes on the most horrific of cases. Wilson (Alison) is a deranged and cunning murderer that is infatuated with Luther and willingly, but not invited, teams with him to solve cases and save his life. Partnership misunderstood is this pairing’s title. The English tabloids and TV fans love this show.


Ruth Wilson’s workaholic…ism while starring in two series at the same time is matched by Idris Elba’s as he stars in a series and next month’s much anticipated The Dark Tower movie. Stephen King, Idris Elba, and Matthew McConaughey team in a book series brought to the screen that every high school student in Philadelphia has read.


4. The Best Gardening Tip Of The Week!
The Barberry Color Blaster!
This Is The Perfect Segue From Murder To Gardening! Maybe not!


In our last issue we featured Dolce and Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance for men and women to put a little more color into your life. This week’s column color comes from featuring the Barberry, a shrub for all seasons. It will add color to your home and keep away the unwanted creatures that ate your flowers, plants, and shrubs.


The most frequently asked Questions To Debbie in our gardening department are: (a) how do I get deer and other animals to stop eating my favorite flowers, plants and shrubs; (b) what can I plant that is colorful and deer resistant. The Internet and your local plant nursery have lists of plants that favor the sun and shade, as well as, the plants that animals like and don’t like. You can print them out at home or take the list with you when you leave your local nursery.


Our surround your home and garden favorite, by far, is the Barberry. It is reasonably priced plant that comes in magnificent colors, is multi-sized, is easily shaped, keeps its color all year, and animals don’t like it because of the barberry’s tiny barbs on each branch. Please send us pictures of your newly barberry…ized home if you decide to follow our monthly garden suggestion for July….with more to come! As we were writing this column, one of our office staff (Pat) said she is on a deer sanctuary and the deer don’t like her white daisies. This, of course, we don’t believe. Try both and report back!


If you need additional color on your property, the king and queen of color are the Japanese Maple and the Japanese Plum. They add class to any location. Stay tuned to this column for future home, fashion, beauty, essential oils, make-up, and everyday product hints and updates. You will enjoy our New Product section at the end of this column, also.


5. The Best Gift Of The Week!
Nametests Is Free, Easy To Initiate/Understand, And Well Received!
Nicely Framed Or As a Refrigerator Magnet, Your Family Stands Proud!


NameTests is a free we will find your name’s origin site. Place your last name in Nametests’ search box and the site will give you an easy to frame description of the origin and meaning of your name. The print out can be put into some great formats.


We framed an 8 by 11 inch printout on nice paper and then printed a number of 4 by 6 inch printouts and placed them on 4 by 6 inch refrigerator magnets for family members. After you see the site you might want to do your family description on cups, a flag, a calendar, or notepad. Sites like VistaPrint will do that and more for you.


6. Businesses, Businesses, Businesses!
What’s New In Your World?
Let’s Talk Is A Forum For New Business Ideas!
This Week It Is Pet Memorials By Liz Lee.


Pet Memorials…Ballparks, country clubs, famous streets, and buildings have instituted a fund raising gimmick called The Brick Program. Place the name of someone you want to memorialize on a brick and it will be inserted in a featured location (walkway, wall, cemetery, concourse, memorial) by the organization sponsoring the program. Prices, of course, will vary greatly!


Liz Lee (lizlee@whidbey.com) came up with a unique memorial for your pet that is far more fitting and colorful than a brick. Hopefully, it will give you an idea starter for your next business or to memorialize your favorite pet? Here is what Liz shared:


I started painting pet portraits on stepping stones when my neighbor’s
dog died and I wanted to help ease her pain by painting a memorial for
him. She loved it and placed the stepping stone by her front door and
the word spread. Now I gleefully paint pet portraits as memorials and
living tributes. As Mark Twain said, “The secret of success is making
your vocation your vacation.”
Liz Lee


Pictured are: Andy, Cortez, Hairy Krishna, Joshua, Lil Shaver and Pandora.


7. What Creative Ideas Are Percolating In The Back Reaches Of Your Mind?
Inquiring Readers Want To Know! Ben Franklin Wants To Know!
Let’s Talk Readers Can Profit By Your Art, Book, Or Business Acumen!


With 40,000 WordPress reads…..being featured on Let’s Talk Philadelphia (thomasjpalumbo.wordpress.com) for free should greatly enhance your art, photography, and business message. The twenty year old, always positive, twice monthly, business and entertainment column comes out of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Your contacts will be graduates who are leaders in the world of art, photography, music, business, and technology, as well as, teachers from throughout the world. You will meet over 20,000 LinkedIn, PortaPortal, and Wikispace friends, too.


Our readers enjoy:
A quiet walk on the beach
Women’s wrestling featured on Netflix’s GLOW
The beauty of a mountain wood
Trip suggestions
Book reviews
Health and medical news

Out of the mainstream movies and television presentations
Music that we missed
Pictures of your kids
Anecdotes that make a difference

Sofia the first


Please send six pictures and two descriptive paragraphs about your submission to tjpalumbo@aol.com. Past columns will show you unique write-ups by many contributors. We will column…ize your work immediately. If you are joining us, don’t do the hard sell. Show how your art or business message is different and worth exploring. Please include your product and website links.


Looking forward to featuring your art, photography, books, work, creative ideas, and community message!

Tom Palumbo


About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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One Response to 194. Angelicus Celtis, Barberry, Dear Evan Hansen, And Ruth Wilson!

  1. Rosemary Doss Mallinson says:

    Tom, I like the origin of your name Palumbo. I always thought you had a loving spirit. You were always kind. This brings me to remember another kind man that came out of Towanda High and there were many, Carl Harris. I have a sad story about our special bond and my stupidity as a youth. I had a tough upbringing. I must say it made me who I am today. I am a strong, kind woman.

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